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317:30-5-676. Coverage by category; payment rates and procedure codes

Revised 9-12-22

 (a) Coverage.  Payment is made for speech and hearing services as set forth in this Section.

(1) Children.  Coverage for children is as follows:

(A) Preauthorization required.  All therapy services, including the initial evaluation, must be prior authorized. Prior to the initial evaluation, the therapist must have on file a signed and dated prescription or referral for the therapy services from the member's physician or other licensed practitioner of the healing arts. The prescribing or referring provider must be able to provide, if requested, clinical documentation from the member's medical record that supports the medical necessity for the evaluation and referral.

(B) Speech-language pathology services.

(i) Speech-language pathology services may include speech-language evaluations, individual and group therapy services provided by a fully licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, a licensed speech-language pathology clinical fellow, and services within the scope of practice of a speech-language pathology assistant as directed by the supervising speech-language pathologist, as listed in Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 317:30-5-675 (a) through (c).

(ii) Initial evaluations must be prior authorized and provided by a fully licensed speech-language pathologist.

(C) Hearing aids.  Hearing and hearing aid evaluations include pure tone air, bone and speech audiometry by a state licensed audiologist. Payment is made for a hearing aid following a recommendation by a medical or osteopathic physician and a hearing aid evaluation by a state licensed audiologist.

(2) Adults.  There is no coverage for adults for services rendered by individually contracted providers. Coverage for adults is permitted in an outpatient hospital setting as described in OAC 317:30-5-42.1.

(3) Individuals eligible for Part B of Medicare.  Services provided to Medicare eligible recipients are filed directly with the fiscal agent.

(b) Payment rates. All speech-language pathology and hearing services are reimbursed per the methodology described in the Oklahoma Medicaid State Plan.

(c) Procedure codes. The appropriate procedure codes used for billing speech and hearing services are found in the Physicians' Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Coding Manual.

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